Sir David Attenborough attends world premiere of new natural history blockbuster Seven Worlds, One Planet as BBC reveals broadcast date

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough joined a packed premiere in London’s Leicester Square for his latest BBC One natural history landmark series Seven Worlds, One Planet.

Published: 7 October 2019
I’m thrilled that we’re about to share this incredible series with the world, which has been four years in the making by more than 1500 dedicated people, on every continent.
— Sir David Attenborough, presenter, Seven Worlds, One Planet

Set to enthral the nation over seven consecutive weeks when it debuts on Sunday October 27th, Seven Worlds, One Planet tells the story of earth’s spectacular continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behaviour and biodiversity we see today.

The exclusive screening, which was introduced by BBC Director General Tony Hall, also featured a live satellite link-up with India and South Africa, where 400 schoolchildren simultaneously watched the opening Antarctica episode from Mumbai’s Royal Opera House and Johannesburg’s Cradle of Humankind, before joining a Q&A to quiz Sir David and the production team about the challenges involved in making the series.

Seven Worlds, One Planet, from BBC Studios’ iconic Natural History Unit, marks the first time it has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series - and the filmmakers have employed new technology, including boundary-defining drone techniques, to capture unique perspectives, new species, and animal behaviour never before seen. As well as showing where humankind is negatively and positively impacting the health of the planet, viewers will witness sequences such as: the world’s most bizarre predator in the Iranian desert; grave-robbing hamsters in Austria; one of the largest and rarest animals on the very brink of extinction in Kenya; and polar bears using a never before seen hunting strategy to catch beluga whales in North America’s Hudson Bay.

Complementing Seven Worlds, One Planet’s stunning landscapes and powerful stories is the potent combination of the unmistakeable voice of Sir David Attenborough and the stirring music of Hans Zimmer, delivering appointment to view television that’s sure to resonate with everyone who watches it.

Seven Worlds, One Planet has already been snapped up by broadcasters in China, the U.S., Australia and across all of Latin America and is set to emulate the tally of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, both of which were sold to over 235 territories across the world. The BBC’s Planet titles have become so popular that over a billion people have watched Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II in the last three years.

Speaking about the series at today’s premiere, presenter Sir David Attenborough said: “I’m thrilled that we’re about to share this incredible series with the world, which has been four years in the making by more than 1500 dedicated people, on every continent. Seven Worlds, One Planet celebrates biodiversity and the variety of life on our planet whilst also shining a spotlight on its challenges.”

BBC Director General Tony Hall told the invited audience: “Seven Worlds, One Planet embodies the qualities that have become synonymous with the work of our Natural History Unit in Bristol. The team there are true pioneers - they have an insatiable curiosity to discover new things. And that sense of adventure is why we’ve already committed to a pipeline of natural history landmarks. Since Planet Earth II we’ve been doing one a year – and we’ll continue to do that running up to 2023. We’ve never had that scale of ambition before and no other broadcaster in the world comes close to that kind of commitment to the natural world.”

As part of the BBC’s Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) trials, viewers will be able to watch Seven Worlds, One Planet in UHD exclusively on BBC iPlayer. Once again, the BBC’s UHD coverage will include a wider range of colours and High Dynamic Range (HDR), giving viewers some of the highest quality Ultra HD available.

Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9.

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Notes to Editors:

About Seven Worlds, One Planet
Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents. Seven Worlds, One Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. This series will feature remarkable, new animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.
The series will celebrate the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique.
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9.

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